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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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Bell Ringer Activity: Oldest Time Capsule in the USA

Very Cool: Oldest Time Capsule in USA dates back to 1795! (Bell Ringer) 

Perhaps, you can use this in your classrooms:
Using the News as a Bell Ringer Activity:

While fixing a leak, workers made an amazing discovery. What is being called the oldest time capsule, found in the United States,has been unearthed under the Golden Dome, at the Massachusetts State House. The 219 year old capsule, originally made of cowhide,was actually buried by Paul Revere and Samuel Adams, back in 1795! It was actually found in the cornerstone of the building, back in 1855. At that time, it was revealed that the capsule contained papers, a Raul Revere plate and coins dating back to the 1600s.After adding some additional artifacts, the capsule was reburied, this time inside a copper box. The historic capsule,now covered with white plaster and having turned green, will first  be X-rayed, before opening it.  It hasn't yet been determined what will be done with the time capsule.

What do you think?
1. Do you think the time capsule should be reburied after it has been reviewed or should it go on display  in a museum? Give a reason for your opinion.
2. If you could add 3 items to the capsule to show events of our current world, what would you place inside?Give a reason for your selected items.
3. Why do you think the time capsule will be x-rayed before opening it?

Gail (my website for teachers/kids)